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Ausangate Trek 5 Days /4 Nights

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Ausangate Trek 5 Days /4 Nights

Upis-Pucacocha Lake-Phinaya - Abra Palomani-Ausangatecocha-Pacchanta
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Ausangate Trek located in the cordillera Vilcanota which is an impressive range of mountains it includes the highest mountain peak Ausangate with 6385m/20948ft and three others over 6000 meters. It’s an excellent trekking area offering travelers more than you could ask for, spectacular and colorful mountains, glacier sceneries, snow-capped peaks, hot springs, turquoise lakes, glaciers, flora (most of the plants are medicinal used by local) and fauna like Condors, Llamas, Alpacas, Vicuñas and Chinchilas. Picturesque villages and traditionally dressed local people.

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  Overview

Without a doubt the Ausangate trail offers some of the most wonderful scenery in the whole of the Cusco area, with many birds and wildlife and also glaciers and high alpine lakes. Its also one of the most challenging in the region with three high passes over 5,000masl./16,400 feet. On a clear day, ApuAusangate dominates Cusco's southern skyline. As we draw closer to this massive massif (6,380masl. / 20,930 feet) one becomes increasingly impressed and understands fully why the ancient Incas held this spectacular mountain in such high regard. During the whole Ausangate trek circuit we pass local villages where the people dress in their typical attire - the women in beautiful flatboard hats with trimmings - and llamas graze freely.

Highlights: Ausangate Mountain and Lakes
Hiking distance: 67km/41.6miles
Considerations: acclimatation is required
Season: April through November

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day01

    Cusco - Tinky - Upis village

  • Day02

    Upis Village - Arapa Pass - Ausangate Pass - Ausangate Qocha

  • Day03

    Ausangate Qocha - Palomani Pass - Qampa Pampa

  • Day04

    Qampa Pampa - Qampa Pass - Pacchanta

  • Day04

    Pacchanta - Tinky - Cusco

  Itinerary
Day 01

Cusco - Tinqui - Upis

Walking Distance:  13km / 8.45 miles
Starting Elevation: 3850 meters / 12,618 feet
Highest Elevation: 4400 meters / 14,435 feet
Campsite Elevation:  4400 meters / 14,435 feet
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Lunch, Dinner (Snack and afternoon tea)
Accommodation: Camping (tent)
Adventure: Absolutely, completely satisfactory

We depart Cusco early the morning ( 5:30am ) for a long three hours ride in private van to the small village of Tinqui (3800 masl./ 12 464 feet). As Tinqui is located on the new Interoceanic highway we can now arrive here much more quickly that in previous years. We pass through beautiful countryside and several traditional villages including Urcos, Cattca and Ocangate. After a short rest in Tinqui we will start walking, the first 2 hours on the trail are are wonderful prelude to the magnificent scenery of the Cordillera Vilcanota, where we get to the lunch spot with great views of Ausangate. We will trek for 3 hours more until we reach the hot springs at Upis (4,400 metres/ 14432 feet) which offer fantastic views of Ausangate at the end of the valley. We will camp here for the night. (total trekking time 4-5 hours).

Day 02

Upis -Arapa Pass -AusangateQ’ocha

Walking Distance:  18 km / 11.1 miles
Starting Elevation:  4400 meters / 14,435 feet
Campsite Elevation:  4250 meters / 13,943 feet
Maximum Altitude:  4900 meters / 16,072feet
Difficulty: Challenging
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Snack and afternoon tea)
Accommodation: Camping
Adventure: Absolutely

During our morning's trek, we will cross our the Arapa pass (4,850 metres/ 15908 feet). From here, we continue 3½ hours down the valley, passing the green lake of PuqaQ'ocha until we reach the turquoise Lake JatunPuqaQ'ocha. We then ascend the second pass of Apacheta(4,900 metres/ 16 072 feet) with the stunning turquoise blue Laguna AusangateQ'ocha below. This lake is fed from the melting snow of Ausangate. We will camp here for the second night.

Day 03

Lake AusangateQ’ocha–Qampa Pampa

Walking Distance: 18km / 11.1 miles
Starting Elevation:4250 meters / 13,943 feet
Campsite Elevation:  4510 meters / 14,796 feet
Maximum Altitude:  5200 meters / 17,056 feet
Difficulty: Challenging
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Adventure: Absolutely

From the lake we ascend to the Palomani pass (5,200 metres/ 17 056 feet); the highest point of the trek where our tour guide will do a ceremony for the Pachamama (Mother Earth). From the pass we follow the trail into the valley where we'll rest and have lunch. During the afternoon we can enjoy views of the snowcapped TresPicos and Puca Punta. We will continue through the broad green valley of Pampa Jutunpata and up the Rio Q'ampa valley. We will spent night 3 in this vicinity

Day 04

Q’ampa Pampa -Pacchanta

Walking Distance:15km / 9.2 miles
Starting Elevation:4510 meters / 14,796 feet
Campsite Elevation:4200 meters / 13,779 feet
Maximum Altitude:  5000 meters / 16,404 feet
Difficulty:Challenging
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:Camping
Adventure:Absolutely, hot spring

After passing through the small community of Q'ampa we will head North west to the last pass of this hike, the Q'ampa pass (5000 metres/ 16400 feet). We will see several different coloured lakes and lunch beside Q'omaQ'ocha. We hike for several hours before arriving at the small village of Pacchanta. We can soak in the thermal springs for a couple of hours, and even have a well-deserved beer! We will set up camp near Pacchanta and you will have the afternoon free to explore this interesting Andean village. (You have the option of staying in a basic hostal this night)

Day 05

Pacchanta - Cusco

Walking Distance:  3km/ 1.8miles
Starting Elevation:  4200 meters / 13,779 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Meals: Breakfast
Adventure: Absolutely

It's 3 hours trek back to Tinqui where we will have time to explore this traditional Andean village before taking our private van back to Cusco, arriving at about 18.00.



Itinerary notes - Ausangate trek (Ausangate Circuit) - 5 days
The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group and the guide can change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group. Each guide has their own preferred route and it might not correspond exactly to the route described here. The Ausangate region is very high, plus you are close to a snow covered massif. Temperatures are cold, and can fall well below freezing in the nights. You should travel well prepared for cold temperatures. Hire/or carry sleeping bags for temperatures less than freezing (minus 15 celsius or more).This region has limited tourist infrastructure and this tour makes use of local facilities. Visitors should be aware that things change, or may not go to plan. This is all part of the adventure, and visitors to Peru are encouraged to have an open mind and be open to the differences in the way things are done in another culture.

  Inclusions

At Vidal Expeditions we are transparent and provide the specific details of what is included and excluded in our tours. We know this is very important so that you know what exactly to bring and you don’t miss anything. We provide this information to ensure that you have an incredible experience during your trek.

WE INCLUDE

Vidal Expeditions Team Provide

  • Pre-departure briefing

    Once you book the tour with us, you will get a notification about the pre-departure briefing, where you will meet with your trekking guide and the tour group in our office the night before your Ausangate trek departure. During this briefing, you will receive important details of the trek. After this time, you will receive your duffle bag for your extra luggage, which will be carried by the horses while you are hiking

  • Professional Adventure Guide

    All our tour guides have a great reputation in customer service, our tour guide have graduated with tourism career from National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco, they have also studied English in a private language institute. Through to their patience, responsibility, knowledge, passion for trekking and proud to have been born in the land of the Incas, we ensure our guides provide an excellent experience for you when you explore the Andes.

  • Entrance Fees to Ausangate park

    Once we receive your details and the deposit for your tour, we purchase all the necessary tickets for your trek it will be for a specific date and will be in your name.

  • Accommodations

    At Vidal Expeditions we include accommodations 4 nights along the Ausangate trek, with a suitable camping equipment to make sure your trek is an experience of the life time. Our tents are Mountain gear or Doite pro Aconcagua for 4 people, which will be shared only for 2 people to ensure you comfort and enough place for your luggage. The same way we include Inflatable mattress for your comfort. There will also be a spacious dining tent for you to enjoy each meal along this tour.

Transportations

  • Private Transport

    We included all the transportations during your tour, we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and take you to the beginning of the trail, the bus returning from Ausangate to Cusco will drop off you at your hotel.

  • Horses

    We include horses to transport all the duffle bags and equipment during this tour also will be a horse man. At Vidal Expeditions we know safety is first is for that we include a emergency horse in case someone feels tired or get altitude sickness.

Equipment

  • Personal Duffle bag

    We included a personal duffle bag for your 5 days Ausangate trek. You will get this duffle bag at Vidal Expeditions office during your pre-departure briefing the night before of your trek. This bag will be carried by horses during the trek. You will find it in your tent every afternoon you arrive to the campsite. It can be filled with your personal items, sleeping bag and mattress but the maximum allowable weight is 7kg/17lb. The duffle bag must be returned to our office no later than one day after your trek.

  • Toilet Tents

    During our trek to Ausangate we bring our own portable toilet tent because we know how important is to protect our environment and we are trained to don’t leave no traces along the route.

  • Medical First Aid Kit

    All tour guides of Vidal Expeditions are very well trained in First aid. They received training courses every 6 months how to assist to someone who is in an emergency situation. Also, they are trained how to supply a balloon oxygen in the case if someone requires it.

Meals

  • Meals

    At Vidal Expeditions, we know food is such an important part of any vacation and getting the right fuel on an active holiday is crucial… We include 4 breakfast, 5 lunch and 4 dinner. And of course, we cater to all dietary restrictions Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten free and others just let us know. Our chefs are well-trained to prepare the best food ever you’ve had with local and organic ingredients.

  • Water

    Vidal Expeditions will provide you water from the first lunch to the last breakfast. This water will be filtered, boiled and cooled by our Chef. You must bring your own water container, bottle or camelback that can hold water for hiking for a few hours. We recommend a capacity of 2 liters.

WE NOT INCLUDED

  • Sleeping bag

    Every trekker along the Ausangate trek needs a proper sleeping bag which has to be for -20°C / 2° F. We recommend you bring your own, but if you don’t want to bring your own or you don’t have one, you can rent a sleeping bag from us.

  • Walking Sticks

    Hiking with trekking poles has its benefits, protect your knees while you are hiking downhill, especially on the remote area which are many up and downhill, trekking poles help you during the ascent, increased stability, if you don’t have a pair of trekking poles you can rent them from our office.

  • First Breakfast

    We do not provide breakfast on the day of your departure. However, most hotel offers breakfast during your stay there. In case your hotel does not provide breakfast, we will stop at a restaurant near to Ocongate where you will be available to purchase a breakfast.

  • Travel Insurance
  • We recommend to buy a travel insurance before to leave your country in case something happen along your visit to Peru.

  • Tips for our team
  • Tips are not included. Tipping the team is usual on any excursion to Ausangate, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, tips are welcome as a token of your appreciation for the team hard work.

  Recommendations

What You Should Bring?

  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek - prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping. ** This is a particularly cold trek, you should make sure you have a lot of very warm clothes.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block.  After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - although no malaria risk has been reported
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs)
  • Cash - sufficient for your tips and souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. )
  • Binoculars (if you have them)

  Faqs

PREPARING FOR YOUR TREK
BOOKING SYSTEM

At Vidal Expeditions, we try to make the best of us to booking system works as easy as possible for you, once you decided to do this trek, we will send to you a booking form where you need to complete all the required detail which are important to book your tickets, we need a previous deposit of 50% per person. Once as soon as you paid it, we immediately book a spot for this tour once we have done with it, we will send you your invoice and confirmation form that all the booking process has set up satisfactorily.

IS VIDAL EXPEDITIONS TEAM CONTACTING US BEFORE FLYING TO PERU?

Yes, our work policy is to be in contact with our customers as long as necessary to inform them of all the details and changes that could occur after have confirmed the reservation, please you ask to check constantly your e-mail, also if you have some issue let us know to solve as soon as possible.

WHERE TO STAY IN CUSCO?

Cusco is a big city enough to find different categories of hotels from 2 stars to 5 stars also there are Airbnb places where you can stay without any problem. Cusco streets are narrow especially near to the main square and some streets are pedestrian with some stairs, we will send you a notify for the pick up if is not possible the access with our car and arrange another place to pick you up and drop off also a night before your tour you will meet with your tour guide who will tell you all the details about the tour. In case you want some recommendations please ask to Vidal Expeditions sales team.

ALONG THE TREK IS THERE ELECTRICITY ALONG THE TREK?

Not, because this trek is located in remote place where there is not electricity some local village located along the trek has solar panels your guide can talk with some of them in extreme cases to recharge your cellphone, we recommend to bring your extra power bank for the days you are on the mountains.

HOW CHALLENGING IS THE TREK?

This trek is particularly challenging specially for people who does not has experience hiking on the mountains, we recommend to training with some exercises a few times per week to don’t have problem, also is recommendable to spend some days in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude because part of the segment along this trek are located over 4000m/13123ft

WHAT HAPPEN IF I GOT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?

No worry, our guide and team are professional and they know how to solve any issue during your trek, your guide will have a first aid kit all the time with some medications for these, also will be there an extra emergency horse to take you to the best place where you can recovery. Our team always has radio and they are trained for any emergency happen during our tours.

DO YOU NEED HIKING BOOTS?

Definitely, it is always recommendable to wear a light hiking boots if possible. Ones with ankle support are extra helpful, especially for the inexperienced hiker. Because you will be climbing down so many steps created by the Incas, crossing some rivers especially the day 2 some of them are slippery, now uneven and at varying heights, the extra support helps from twisting your ankles.

SHOULD I USE WALKING STICKS?

Yes. Walking sticks are always helpful to trekkers, especially if is raining along the trek. Using walking sticks can help take the pressure off your knees while doing some portion of the trek. Plus they will help you get up the mountain as well.

WHERE DO I STORE MY LUGGAGE?

In case you have extra luggage which you not need to bring to the trail all the hotels in Cusco has storage where you can leave your luggage completely free, if you will change your hotel after the trek we have available our storage in Vidal Expeditions office, get more info with from our office team.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AS FAR AS WEATHER

The weather in Cusco regions and part of the Andes is unpredictable even if the weather forecast says it’s sunny we can’t trust in it. It is an impossible question for us to answer. Historically April through September is the dry season, November through February is the rainy season and March and October and bridge months - a mixture of both. But the clouds have not followed these rules in the last few years. Prepare for sun and rain no matter when you come. As far as temperatures go, that is consistent throughout the year. Mornings and evenings are always cold. Make sure to bring a fleece jacket for the mornings and a down jacket for the evenings. Once the sun is up you should be comfortable hiking in short sleeves. Long pants (yoga or hiking) are encouraged to help from the mosquitos which can be a nuisance in some part of the trail.

  Pricing

From: USD 560.00 per person

USD 520.00: from 4 people to more

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